“Our Most Celebrated” Alpine Stomach Bitters
GEHRMANN, AHRENS & CO. | NYC
04 September 2013
Good grief, this is a tough one. All I can find is a Ludwig Gehrmann and a John Ahrens in New York City in and around 1865. They represented Gehrmann, Ahrens & Co., who put out “Our Most Celebrated” Alpine Stomach Bitters. They were located on 26 Canal Street in the heart of lower Manhattan. The stories surrounding this neighborhood are amazing.
This is not about the Alpine Herb Bitters represented by Thomas Taylor Company from San Francisco in 1888 nor the Alpine Bitters put out by Kornemann & Co. in New York in 1869. Another Alpine Bitters! And yes, I am aware of the E. Widemann “Alpine Stomach Bitters“. Stay tuned on that one.
1865 City Mortality in NYC
CITY MORTALITY. — From the City Inspector’s report it appears that 660 deaths occurred in this city during the past week – 106 men, 100 women, 262 boys and 192 girls – being an increase of 106 upon the mortality of the previous week, and of 50 upon that of the corresponding week of 1864. Of the deceased 416 were children under five years of age. The mortality of the principal diseases were as follows Cholera infantum, 148; consumption, 59; infantile marasmus, 56; convulsions, 45; diarrhoea, 32; dysentery. 20; croup, 5; bilious fever, 5; typhus fever, 24; scarlet fever, 8; inflammation of the lungs, 32; small-pox, 8. – New York Times – July 19, 1865
Gehrmann, Adolph, 159 First ave., Trow’s New York City Directory, 1865
Gehrmann, Ludwig, distiller, 26 Canal, Trow’s New York City Directory, 1865
Gehrmann, Ludwig, liquors, 26 Canal, New York City Directory, 1868, 1869
Gehrmann, Ahrens & Co., importers and distillers, 26 Canal, Trow’s New York City Directory, 1865
Ahrens, John G. H., distiller, 26 Canal, Trow’s New York City Directory, 1865
Ahrens, Jno G. H., retail, 89 Murray, Bonfort’s Wine and Liquor Trade Directory for the United States, 1875
Ahrens, John G. H., wines, 89 Murray, City Directories of New York City, 1878
Rectifying Establishment Explosion:
EXPLOSION IN RUTGERS-STREET. — At about 8 o’clock yesterday morning a copper-still exploded in Mr. LUDWIG GEHRMANN‘s rectifying establishment, at Nos. 2 Rutgers and 26 Canal-streets, and THEODORE HUNGER, of Division-street, and JOHN ENGLER, were severely cut, bruised and scalded. Mr. HUNGER was taken home, and a policeman removed ENGLER to Bellevue Hospital. Mr. GEHRMANN has $6,500 insurance against fire in the New-Amsterdam office. He estimates his loss at $150. – New York Times – July 19, 1865
Disastrous Fire, New York Times, July 14, 1865
26 Canal Street | Gehrmann, Ahrens & Co:
Canal Street takes its name from a canal that was dug in the early 19th century to drain a contaminated and disease-ridden Collect Pond into the Hudson River. The pond was filled in 1811, and Canal Street was completed in 1820 following the angled path the canal had.
26 Canal Street today:
Losing some of its charm for sure, 26 Canal Street today.